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Hello! My name is Friedrich vom Stein. I'm a special expert for mouse-driven computer interfaces and related stuff.

You can download the Friedrich-Calender 2009. Also don't forget the picture of the mouse of the month.
On August 26., 2002, I put my real e-mail address on this page. On August 30., someone decided to send me my first piece of SPAM-mail. I'm sure the address-harvesters know what to do with his e-mail-address :-)
I finally got my own digital camera! Here are the "first light" images:

One of the projects I'm involved in is xfriedrich, which is unfortunately not yet fully released. But there are already some screenshots (actually they are animated gifs):

The other day (well, years ago), I helped in testing a digital camera. The result are some nice pictures:

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Because of my expertise, I was asked to test a digital video camera. That was also nice, especially since I didn't have to leave my sleeping bag.

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Research Interest: The search for Mice in the early universe

It is known for quite a while that the Earth is not a planet, but a computer built by a race of hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings to calculate once and for all the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything, to which the answer is 42. The protrusion of these hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings into our dimension is usually mistaken as mice. For more information, please refer to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

However, nearly nothing is known about the time these hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings entered our universe for the first time, how they looked in this (probably very distant) past, and how they evolved into their current shape. To answer these important questions, we are in the process of carrying out a deep survey to look for traces of these hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings in the early universe.

A first result is the discovery of NGC 4676, which is also known as "The Mice". Here is a picture of it (from the Digital Sky Survey):

NGC 4676

I convinced my friends at the Space Telescope Science Institute to take a picture of The Mice:

The Mice seen by HST
(Click on the image to go to the press release at STScI)

Recently, I used MIDI at the VLTI to have a closer look at NGC 1068. That's not the same as the Mice, but since the instrument was built by humans, you have to start with something simple. Unfortunately, you can't see very much in the results unless you are a special expert:

The fringes of NGC 1068
(Click on the image to go to the press release at ESO)

If you want to contact me, write an E-mail (I decided to put my address on the web in order to see if there are some hot mice out there who want to talk to me right now). You might get a reply from my human interface, since computer manufacturers are still not able to create a really mouse-driven mail interface...